How to Read Newspaper Effectively for Competitive Exams? If you are preparing for competitive exams you have to adopt a smarter newspaper reading technique. This article will guide you to read newspaper effectively for competitive exams.
How to Read Newspaper Effectively for Competitive Exams?

If you are preparing for Competitive exams like SSC, Railways, IBPS or UPSC exams, you have to create a habit of reading newspaper in daily basis. But there are some questions which generate confusion and hindrance for the beginners. After reading this article you will manage to read a newspaper in easier way.

Read this article to clear your confusions on these questions
  • Which Newspaper is the best for competitive exams?
  • How much time should be invested in reading a newspaper?
  • What to read and what to skip in a newspaper?
First focus on the exam you are preparing for. The exam is the scale and standard and this will define your approach and mind set.
Let’s look at the topics which you will find in the Newspaper for corresponding exams
  • Current affairs
  • Static General Knowledge
  • English Comprehension and Vocabulary
  • Cloze test
  • Parajumbles
  • Current Affairs
  • Static General Knowledge
  • English Comprehension and Vocabulary
  • Cloze test
  • Parajumbles
The approach of newspaper reading should be way more different than other competitive exams. We will discuss in details.
Which Newspaper is the best for competitive exams?
‘The Hindu’ is the most recommended newspaper for all competitive exams. ‘The Hindu’ is considered as the most influential daily. You should definitely follow this newspaper for the following reasons
  • It gives a comprehensive coverage of national and international news.
  • The editorials and opinion articles are often directly taken in SSC and IBPS exams for reading comprehension or Cloze test.
  • The articles are presented in an analytical way to connect the news directly with the general studies. Hence it becomes a ‘must read’ newspaper for competitive exams. 
How much time should be invested in reading a newspaper?
If you are preparing for SSC, Railways or IBPS exams you have to read at least 30 minutes in daily basis to cover the newspaper. But for UPSC, you have read in more detailed approach. You have to invest at least 60-90 minutes for reading ‘The Hindu’.
What to read and what to skip in a newspaper?

It always becomes handy if you know what to read and what not to. It makes your preparation smarter.

What to read

  • Front page
  • National News
  • Editorial
  • Op-Ed or Opinion articles
  • International News
  • Business and Economy
  • Sports

What to skip

  • National and Regional news on Politics
  • Regional news
  • Entertainment and news on film industry
  • Fashion, Beauty and Health related news
  • Crime news

How to read a newspaper for railways exam?

Only focus on Current affairs and Static General Knowledge, basically the one-liners which you need to keep in your memory.

How to read a newspaper for SSC and IBPS exams?

  • Current affairs and Static General Knowledge are the parts which you will easily find on topics. Don’t dive into very deep. Just highlight the line you need to focus. That’s it.
  • For English Comprehension and Vocabulary, Cloze test, Parajumbles make a habit of reading editorials and op-ed articles. Here I am giving you a trick to master these topics. Read and set a question paper by your own. Select an editorial and make a question set of English Comprehension and Vocabulary, Cloze test, Parajumbles. This practice will give you the understanding and will help you to judge the mind set of question-setters.
  • Try to increase the speed of reading editorials, this will help you to solve questions of English comprehension faster in the exam.
Here are few examples how to identify current affairs and static general knowledge from an newspaper article for SSC,Railways or IBPS exams.
  • Where is the head quarter of Asian development Bank? Answer- Manila, Philippines
  • Who is the President of  Asian development Bank? Answer-Masatsugu Asakawa (June 2020)
  • Asian Development Outlook is Published by which organisation?Answer – Asian development Bank
  • Almatti Dam is situated on which river? Answer- Almatti Dam is situated on Krishna River in Karnataka
  • Neeraj Chopra is associated with which sports? Answer-Javelin Throw 

How to read a newspaper for UPSC exam?

  • While reading ‘The Hindu’ put special focus on the topics like International Trade, Bilateral Issues between India and its neighbours, Polity, Governance, Financial and Socio-economic Policies, Internal Security, Environmental issues, Science and Technology, Agriculture, Women And Child Rights, climate change, News on various organs of United nations, Government schemes on national level, news on international financial institutions like World bank (WB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Asian development Bank (ADB), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) etc.
  • Make crisp and handy notes while reading the newspaper.
  • Always keep NCERT textbooks and other reference books and link the topics of newspaper with the textbooks.
Here is an example how to approach current affairs, GS paper from an newspaper article.
  • Geographical and strategical importance of Pangong TSO lake and Naku la sector
  • Pangong Tso lake is highest inland salt water lake.
  • China has 2/3rd part and India has 1/3rd part in its control.
  • The lake is identified under Ramsar convention
  • What is Ramsar convention 1971?

Avoid doing these mistakes while reading a newspaper

  • Don’t go to learn basics from the newspaper. Newspaper is the source of news; you have to make an analytical link between the newspaper and the textbooks.
  • Do not go for paper cutting collection,this will be a huge loss of time.
  • Do not start research on news scams.
  •  You have others subjects to prepare for, don’t forget that.
  • Don’t invest too much time reading newspapers. It will be detrimental for your preparation.
Follow the above mentioned points and master on newspaper reading technique. You might face difficulty at the beginning but gradually you will improve with the time. Remember patients and regularity are the key.
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How to study current affairs for SSC,Railways,IBPS -Guide module of Current Affairs April 2020

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